Monday, May 12, 2014

Vegan Chorizo Paella

Recipe by Angela from The Veracious Vegan

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Paella has always been a dish that I avoided at the Spanish restaurants. I mean what could be so exciting about a rice-based dish with vegetables (which is how the vegan version is made)? Typically, a paella includes white rice, green vegetables, meat, beans, and seasoning. But, there are many variations - some have seafood while others don't. I decided to make a paella using a vegan chicken and vegan sausage crumbles to make a slightly spicy, delicious paella that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. So if you are interested in trying a vegan paella, try this one. It is super easy and simple to make. Serves 8.

Ingredients

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  • 2 pieces of vegan chicken cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for cooking
  • 1 box Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan, crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  1. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, toss the vegan chicken with the olive oil, paprika and oregano.
  2. Put cooking spray or a bit of olive oil in the pan, then add the vegan chicken mixture. Cook, stirring regularly, until heated through - about 5 minutes. Remove vegan chicken mixture from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the chorizo setian, onion, red bell pepper and garlic to the pan. Cook until the seitan has browned and the vegetables have softened - about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rice, stock, tomatoes, crushed red pepper and saffron. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring regularly until most liquid is absorbed and rice is soft - about 15 minutes
  5. Stir in the vegan chicken mixture and peas and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.